Burning Man

From the Rocketship to Bay Lights, "temporary" is the key that unlocked public art in SF

|
()

In the wake of The Bay Lights coming on to rave reviews and mesmerized gazes last week, next weekend the Raygun Gothic Rocketship will be taken down from the Pier 14 launch pad it's occupied since 2010, the latest transitions in San Francisco's trend of using temporary public art placements to bypass the protracted, emotional, and expensive battles that once defined the siting of sculptures on public lands in San Francisco.Read more »

Can we have cool new additions without gentrifying the Mission?

|
()

Do livability and gentrification go hand-in-hand? In other words, as you improve a neighborhood like the Valencia Street corridor with bike lanes, wide sidewalks, parklets, and other improvements that are part of the so-called “livability agenda,” does that necessarily drive up rents and force out the working class?Read more »

Technical difficulties mar main Burning Man ticket sale

|
()

So much for the lack of drama around ticket sales for Burning Man this year. Today at noon was when 40,000 tickets went on sale to the general public, and while some burners got their tickets in less than an hour, others endured a frustrating wait of several hours and then found themselves unexpectedly kicked out of line.Read more »

Low-key registration underway for Burning Man tickets

|
()

After last year's big Burning Man ticket freakout, it's strangely quiet this year during the brief registration window now underway to buy tickets to this year's event. The lion's share of 40,000 tickets will be sold on Feb. 13 to those who register between yesterday and this Sunday. Read more »

Burning Man veterans get ticket access, followed by everyone else

|
()

Burning Man veterans, volunteers, and insiders are now awaiting word on whether they'll get on the inside track to buy tickets to this year's event, avoiding the overwhelming demand that turned last year's ticket sales into such a clusterfuck. But the lucky 10,000 people chosen for the express line will pay the same $380 as the 40,000 people that follow in a couple weeks.Read more »

Burning Man's new Cargo Cult art theme intrigues

|
()

Burning Man founder Larry Harvey sent burners scrambling to Wikipedia on Friday when he announced the art theme for the 2013 event, “Cargo Cult,” and posed the intriguing question, “Who is John Frum?” It was perhaps the most esoteric and obscure theme ever, but one that I heard only positive reactions to at a couple of burner-populated parties over the weekend, including the Black Rock Art Foundation's Artumnal Gathe Read more »

Paul Addis, playwright and Burning Man arsonist, dies

|
()

UPDATED Paul Addis – the San Francisco playwright and performer best known for igniting Burning Man's eponymous central symbol early in the 2007 event, a crime for which he served two years in a Nevada prison – died Saturday night after jumping in front of a BART train in Embarcadero station. He was 42.Read more »

Burner-built Peralta Junction brings a West Oakland lot to life

|
()

Bay Area artists and other creative types have been building cities from scratch in the Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for two decades now, forming their culture and honing their ability to fill blank spaces with unique and wondrous offerings. In recent years, they have increasingly turned their energy and vision toward their own backyard, with the latest manifestation being Peralta Junction.Read more »

Talk about chaos

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Burning Man wrestles with doom

|
()

steve@sfbg.com

FALL ARTS Is this the last Burning Man? After 26 years of resiliently expanding on the vast canvas of Nevada's Black Rock Desert, and reaching what is arguably the pinnacle of its popularity and artistic innovation, the answer is: Probably not.Read more »

Burning Man takes anti-scalper and traffic control measures as tickets arrive

|
()

Most physical tickets to Burning Man were mailed out last week and, as many expected after a controversial ticket lottery with higher-than-expected demand, ticket scalpers were offering hundreds of tickets for more than double face value on websites such as Read more »